My current research is on the figure of the prostitute in eighteenth century sentimental literature and its relationship to the paradoxical development of sentimental discourse over the century. I am also concerned with research into Romantic-era writing by women.
Social Sciences and Arts
Over the past five years I have been involved in co-organising a series of day conferences with the Chawton House project and the University of Southampton. Jews and Romanticism (Senate House, February 2006)
Romantic-era Writing for Children (Senate House London, May 2004)
De Stäel's Corinne: A day-conference (Senate House, London, Nov. 2003)
Peace, M. (2016). Changing sentiments and the Magdalen Hospital: luxury, virtue and the senses in Eighteenth-Century culture. Abingdon: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Changing-Sentiments-and-the-Magdalen-Hospital-Luxury-Virtue-and-the-Senses/Peace/p/book/9781848934948
Peace, M. (2020). Of Things in Austen: Or, Encounters with Bonnets, Harps, and Sofas. Persuasions : the Jane Austen Journal On-Line, 40 (2). http://jasna.org/publications/persuasions-online/volume-40-no-2/peace/
Peace, M. (2007). The Magdalen Hospital and the fortunes of whiggish sentimentality in mid-eighteenth century Britain: "well-grounded" exemplarity vs. "romantic" exceptionality. The eighteenth century, 48 (2), 125-148. http://doi.org/10.1353/ecy.2007.0010
Peace, M. (2002). Epicures in rural pleasures: desire, dissent and sentimental economy in Sarah Scott's Millennium Hall. Women's writing, 9 (2), 305-316. http://doi.org/10.1080/09699080200200169
Quinn, V., & Peace, M. (1997). Luxurious sexualities. Textual Practice, 11 (3), 405-416. http://doi.org/10.1080/09502369708582286
Peace, M. (2018). The “Adam Smith problem” and the retreat of sentimental virtue from the world. In Adelman, R., & Packham, C. (Eds.) Political economy, literature & the formation of knowledge, 1720-1850. (pp. 159-182). New York: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Political-Economy-Literature--the-Formation-of-Knowledge-1720-1850/Adelman-Packham/p/book/9781138542136
Peace, M. (2016). The Economy of Nymphomania: Luxury, Virtue, Sentiment and Desire in Mid-Eighteenth Century Medical Discourse. In At the Borders of the Human Beasts, Bodies and Natural Philosophy in the Early Modern Period. Palgrave Macmillan
Peace, M. (2015). Figuring the London magdalen house: Mercantilist hospital, sentimental asylum or protoevangelical penitentiary? In Prostitution and Eighteenth-Century Culture: Sex, Commerce and Morality. (pp. 141-155). http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315655703-19
Peace, M. (2013). Sentimentality in the Service of Methodism: John Wesley’s Abridgment of Henry Brooke’s The Fool of Quality (1765–1770). In McInelly, B.C. (Ed.) Religion in the age of enlightenment. New York: AMS Press, Inc: http://www.amspressinc.com/rae.html
Peace, M. (2012). "On the soft beds of luxury most kingdoms have expired": 1759 and the lives of prostitutes. In Regan, S. (Ed.) Reading 1795 : literary culture in mid-eighteenth- century Britain and France. (pp. 75-94). Lanham, Md: Bucknell University Press
Peace, M. (2011). Asylum, reformatory or penitentiary? : secular sentiments vs proto-evangelical religion in The Histories of Some of the Penitents in the Magdalen House (1760). In Lewis, A., & Ellis, M. (Eds.) Prostitution and eighteenth-century culture : sex, commerce and morality. London: Pickering and Chatto
Peace, M. (2000). Prostitution and the growth of desire : the rise and fall of sentimental economics in the eighteenth century. In Wheeler, W. (Ed.) The Political Subject Essays on the Self from Art, Politics and Science. Lawrence & Wishart Limited
Peace, M., & Verhoeven, W.M. (2017). Anti-Jacobin Novels. http://doi.org/10.4324/9781351223140
(2005). The Infernal Quixote: A Tale of the Day. Pickering and Chatto.
Theses / Dissertations
Khan, H. (2016). Masculinity and the whoremonger in mid-eighteenth century memoirs does whoremongering conform to contemporary ideals of masculinity? (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Peace, M. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00035
I am currently supervising a PhD thesis on the representation of 'idiocy' in Romantic-era literature.